As the US struggles with lack of coronavirus testing, researchers look to our sewage for clues

Apr 7, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread and devastate communities, the United States is still struggling to do enough testing to understand the true scale of the epidemic.

Now, researchers around the country are looking for new tools to help track how the virus is spreading. Testing your sewage may be one way.

The need to find new ways to measure this epidemic has become even more urgent in recent weeks. According to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, about 25% of Americans may be asymptomatic carriers, meaning they are infected but will likely never get tested because they don’t have symptoms.

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